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Empower Yourself

Your Life, Reimagined

You can achieve your vision, and with my life experiences, comprehensive training, and vast coaching tools I can help.  You will be immersed in a holistic method that is both belief and behavior-based so you can acquire the skills and mindset necessary to achieve your best life. I am here to help you, as I am passionate about coaching, but more importantly - I have walked the walk, been walking the walk, and will continue to do so.  I believe there is nothing more satisfying than growing and achieving and, I want the same for you.

 

My Story

My journey starts with having had an extremely difficult relationship with my father.  Feeling trapped as a child, I continuously fantasized that there might be an alternative universe where I could escape.  Thankfully, this dysfunctional relationship taught me early on to search for things I could do to better my life.  It also provided me with invaluable life skills including; resilience, determination, imagination, flexibility, and insightfulness. 

Concurrently, I developed a belief that money could liberate me, which led me to major in Economics. It was in college that I met Desiree, the woman I would marry.  Shortly after, we encountered financial problems.  Yet, through determination, we built an incredible life together.  After receiving my MBA from Columbia University, I was recruited by one of the most prestigious sovereign wealth funds in the world and was off to Abu Dhabi.  It was also around that time when I began to question my blind ambition for money.  My wife and I decided that after she would graduate from her combined MD/Ph.D. program, I would go back to school to pursue what I defined as “something more valuable”. 

That was 1997, the same year Desiree was diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer. She was 30 years old and fought valiantly for 11 years during which I willingly took on the role of caregiver. The need to stay in Finance at that point far outweighed my desire to change careers.  Life became my schooling, and continued to teach me a tremendous amount about Psychology and Coaching through practical and hard experience.  I became her coach and despite her illness, we created an amazing life.  She passed in 2009. (New York Times)

At that point, I lost all concepts of purpose, direction, and reasons to live after her death.  I contemplated taking horrible action.  I numbed where I could.  I returned to Dubai but felt completely lost.  Then one day, a dream started to emerge.  I had always wanted to live in Italy.  Rome was where my wife and I spent her last birthday, and though the pain of returning was crippling something pushed me to make the move.  Eventually, one day, I gave up the amazing life in Dubai, the money, the security, my community, and I moved to Rome without a job, community, or being able to speak Italian.  Yet, instead of taking a constructive path, I lived a few “life is too short” years and took the route of living recklessly. 

 

Gratefully, I felt the nudge that I was off-track and remembered I had wanted something more - but I felt stuck, I needed help.  That's when I turned to a Life Coach, Antonio, who has been at my side ever since.  Slowly, I rebuilt my life and reconnected to my true self.  I returned to school to do something “more valuable”.  I enthusiastically hit the books and proudly became a certified life coach in 2014.  

 

“There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ― Nelson Mandela

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What is Coaching

Many things lead people to look for a coach, such as a dramatic shift in their world view, a distressing dilemma in their life, a yearning for change, or a desire to live differently.  In the end, it is all tied to one thing, achieving a goal to do, have, or be better.  Coaching is an Art and Science all rolled into one.  It is not a product, but an experience.  It is a dynamic process that is different from traditional therapy as it focuses on what can be done in the here and now. 

There are moments in life when we may sense that more is possible. Yet, most people fall into old patterns that the brain has developed as a means of protecting the familiar, the status quo.  Getting out of our comfort zone is moving into the unknown and a coach, serving as both a catalyst and guide, helps clients navigate their new terrain. 

Together, we will investigate the past to gain understanding, but the goal is to leverage your inherent strengths to propel you forward into your vision.  Think about it: companies have a vision statement and so should we, but a lot of the time we don’t define it for ourselves but instead assimilate other’s beliefs, which over time lead us to a feeling of dissatisfaction with “something” in our lives. A fulfilling life is based upon expressing who you are and living according to your core values.  This is where I will take you.  In other words, living fully!

 

The truth is we talk ourselves into everything in our lives, either consciously or unconsciously.  Are you ready to build your life consciously?  There is no perfect starting point, there is only action!

Benefits of Coaching

Coaching is designed to understand self-talk while guiding you to design and live your best life possible in a safe non-judgmental environment.  Coaching respects individuality by understanding we are all unique and your “best life” is exclusively your creation. 

 

Think about your best life possible and say to yourself: “what if I can really pull it off?”  Feels good, right?  Through coaching you will:

  • Gain important insights and perspectives

  • Clarify what you really want

  • Identify your key “north-star” values

  • Understand and overcome patterns, behaviors, and beliefs that have been blocking you

  • Uncover innate strengths

  • Reconnect with your authentic self

  • Define new strategies and direction

  • Take greater responsibility in designing of your life

  • Be held accountable for actions and commitments

  • Become more self-reliant

  • Improve self-confidence

  • Unlock potential

  • Reduce stress

  • Increase motivation and positivity

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Are you ready for change?  Have you felt a nudge that things are not the way you would want them to be? Together we can reveal the real vision for your life, awaken your hidden strengths and initiate real change that will be the difference between dreaming it and living it!

 

D.R.I.V.E

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way” - Henry David Thoreau

First, the main drivers of successful coaching are the willingness of the client to be committed, honest, vulnerable, and open to change.  The process requires the coach to utilize intuition, curiosity, and empathy as well as a range of tools and training to challenge the blocks that have been stopping you from getting to the life you want. The power of transformation lies in the conversation.  You will find that I follow a fluid holistic process based on a variety of different coaching methodologies designed to create very practicable/doable strategies that will D.R.I.V.E you to real lasting results.  

D: Discover

This is a period of investigation where we will define your goals and your “north-star” values while uncovering your limiting beliefs, culturescape mentalities, and sabotaging patterns.

R: Reflect

We evaluate your resolve and resilience and reveal unreal truths embedded in the way you have been looking at life and holding on to things.  We will recognize your inherent strengths which will propel you forward.

I: Impact

This is where we will really get our hands dirty and dive deep into inner work.  Time to start getting rid of all the junk that is totally useless, and move forward in a state of flow and inspiration.  We will invite and implement change.  We will use insights to make that change long-lasting and ensure your life moves in the direction you have always wanted to go.

V: Validate

Here is when we look at the work we have done.  We ensure your plan of action is both stimulating and achievable.  We verify the direction you are about to embark upon, your commitment, your skills, and we stand vigilant against those old behaviors which might rear their ugly heads.

E. Execute

This is the stage of action and empowerment to evoke transformation.  You will be building your new life and moving forward toward your goal.  Here, you are potential in action.  You will elevate your abilities and effect change while enforcing your beliefs and values, which are in direct harmony with your authentic self. 

Would you like to DRIVE confidently forward in the direction of your dream life?  Would you like to serve that part of you longing to go forward, to experience life to its fullest? 

Together we will create an environment where you achieve clarity, find inspiration, and develop the determination to tackle issues and enact change.  If this sounds like what you are looking for, then take the first step and book your discovery call. 

 

"Be possibility in action" - Robert Pardi

Bridge Over River

One to One

Guidence and Inspiration

Coaching is a partnership to help you reach your potential across many or all facets of life.  Happiness, fulfillment, or success are defined differently for each of us.  It is through gaining clarity around your purpose, eliminating negativity from your life, and having the right tools that you can achieve your best life.  An amazingly gratifying life based upon meaning and purpose in alignment with your key values.

Together we will work at a significantly profound level with the utmost confidentiality where I will challenge, encourage, and inspire you. We will uncover your driving vision, define your goal(s), and develop strategies for lasting change.  We will identify what balance looks like for you and define a customized action plan for who you are, where you are in your life now, and what you want to realize.  

Do you believe that living your dream for the rest of your life is worth pursuing? The path to overcoming your old beliefs and limiting behaviors can be challenging, but once you’ve
successfully created a new plan of action, the rewards will last a lifetime.

Session: 60 minutes via video conferencing 

Duration: Minimum of 3 months*

 

*A study by the University of London (Lally et al. 2009) demonstrated that it takes on average a minimum of 66 days to change behavior.  

Italian Retreat

New Directions

Maximum seven people, held over five days every April and October in Pacentro, Abruzzo.  The retreat invites you to observe your life from a different vantage point and gives you the opportunity to share goals, dreams, and desires.  As a group, we will discuss challenges and barriers blocking you from where you would like to go.  Looking at your life balance, we will understand where you are spending time wisely and wasting time. Remember, time is the most limited resource we have and we actually do "spend" it, it is the currency of our lives.

We all have dreams in life, but very few are able to crystalize their aspirations into tangible goals.  You will find the guidance, motivation, and determination through this workshop to do just that. By the end of the retreat, you will have set attainable realistic goals to both to initiate the changes you want in your life and provide you with the tools to systematically achieve them, resulting in your most gratifying life.  The program includes:

 

  • Gratitude

  • Mindfulness

  • Meditation

  • Life Coaching

  • Outdoor Wellness Hikes

  • Excursions

  • Cooking Class

  • Room and Board

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Intensive Life Redesign Abruzzo

Embrace Transformation

21 Days. Maximum two people.  Every May, June, and September.  Specifically designed for those seeking a radical shift in their perspective  You will live like a local in Pacentro, Abruzzo voted one of the most beautiful, authentic medieval towns in Italy.

​We will deconstruct generational programming, culturescape, and limiting beliefs to help you envision a more expansive version of your current life. By revaluing your inherent strengths and identifying your “north-star” values, we will create an action plan to move into that life.  Hence, moving out of your comfort zone. 

I have found this Life Redesign to be quickly transformational.  You are not just traveling to Italy, but way outside your comfort zone.  You will return home empowered with increased self-awareness, concrete tools, and the ability to create your absolute best life. The program includes:

  • Gratitude

  • Mindfulness

  • Meditation

  • Life Coaching

  • Outdoor Wellness Hikes

  • Conversational Italian Lessons

  • ​Numerous Excursions

  • Cooking Classes

  • House Rental

 
 

Schedule a Discovery Call

The future depends on what you do today. – Mahatma Gandhi

 

There is never a perfect starting point, there is only action. Remember Life Coaching is an investment in yourself that will produce benefits throughout your entire life.  Ask yourself: “Am I ready to finally invest in myself?” 

 

There are moments in life when we sense more is possible.  If you have that sensation and are ready to make a change, let's chat about if we are a fit and how I could help you achieve your goals.  

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